Liverpool go eight points clear at top of Premier League with 3-1 victory over Manchester City in thrilling clash at Anfield


Liverpool go eight points clear at top of Premier League with 3-1 victory over Manchester City in thrilling clash at Anfield

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win over Manchester City in a thrilling clash at Anfield.

Goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saw the Reds race to a three goal lead before having to endure a nervy last 10 minutes when Bernardo Silva got one back.

City find themselves in fourth place behind Leicester and Chelsea with Liverpool eight points clear of the chasing pack.

Sadio Mane scored the third goal for Liverpool against Man City
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp went with his tried-and-tested big-game line-up for the visit of Manchester City.

That meant four changes from the Champions League win over Genk with Andy Robertson returning at left-back, Jordan Henderson coming back into midfield and Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane rejoining the forward line.

City made six changes as Claudio Bravo started in goal for the injured Ederson with three of the back four from Wednesday’s Champions League draw against Atalanta altered.

Fernandinho confronts Liverpool goalscorer Fabinho
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John Stones was picked to partner Fernandinho in the centre of defence with Kyle Walker and Angelino, who was making only his second Premier League start.

Rodrigo came into midfield with Sergio Aguero preferred up front to Gabriel Jesus.

Liverpool took the lead just six minutes into the match with a superb Fabinho goal but it was not without another VAR controversy.

The City players were convinced Trent Alexander-Arnold had handled in his own box and wanted a penalty.

Liverpool celebrate the goal from Mohamed Salah
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Michael Oliver waved away their appeals and within 30 seconds the Reds had scored with the Brazilian’s piledriver beating Bravo.

Mohamed Salah doubled the advantage seven minutes later with a headed goal from a brilliant Andy Robertson cross.

Angelino had a shot deflected onto the post as City looked for a way back into the game.